[ fee-ver-ish ]
/ ˈfi vər ɪʃ /


having fever.
pertaining to, of the nature of, or resembling fever: a feverish excitement.
excited, restless, or uncontrolled, as if from fever.
having a tendency to produce fever.

Origin of feverish

First recorded in 1350–1400, feverish is from the Middle English word feverisch. See fever, -ish1

Related forms

Can be confused

fervent fever feverish
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British Dictionary definitions for feverish



/ (ˈfiːvərɪʃ) /


suffering from fever, esp a slight fever
in a state of restless excitement
of, relating to, caused by, or causing fever

Derived Forms

feverishly or feverously, adverbfeverishness, noun
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Medicine definitions for feverish


[ fēvər-ĭsh ]


Having a fever.
Relating to or resembling a fever.
Causing or tending to cause a fever.
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